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by Healthe at Cerner
Published on September 15, 2017

The complexity and cost of the health care system can be baffling. The system can be so overwhelming that some individuals - insured or not - ignore chronic conditions or disregard indicators that their health is deteriorating. This delay in managing health makes it more likely that issues will become critical, requiring expensive and extensive reactive care.

The First Hand Foundation’s Healthe Communities program proactively addresses the health needs of a population by offering complimentary, confidential and convenient wellness screenings to adults and children alike.

St. Sabina Parish of Belton, Missouri, is proud to partner with the Healthe Communities program to provide its parishioners with a comprehensive wellness center for its health and wellness needs – at no cost.

“Our role is to make sure people can navigate the health care system and be active in their own health. Because of the programming we’ve put in place at St. Sabina, there is now a growing level of awareness, and people are more present with improving their health,” said Jeannine Midgett, director of the wellness center at St. Sabina. “The center helps to remove the obstacles people face when trying to focus on their health.”

As part of the wellness center at St. Sabina, health screenings are offered as an important first step, but active follow-ups and support are what make Healthe Communities most effective. Post-screening visits with a health coach help individuals truly understand the results of their screening. The coach provides recommendations to address any conditions that were revealed and makes connections to appropriate care providers in the community. This added guidance removes uncertainty and confusion and gives each individual a clear plan to implement.

The center offers a variety of wellness programming, including health education classes, fitness classes and other special events, all empowering participants to proactively take charge of their well-being.

We encourage you to check out inspiring stories from parishioners who took advantage of the wellness center at St. Sabina to help manage their health at firsthandfoundation.org/programs/healthe-communities